“Children afraid of the night/ Who have never been happy or good.”

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play …

Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

— excerpts, W. H. Auden’s September 1, 1939

 

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